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Devin McCourty, other Patriots slam Colts fans for booing Andrew Luck after retirement news broke

Devin McCourty, other Patriots slam Colts fans for booing Andrew Luck after retirement news broke

Andrew Luck shocked the NFL world on Saturday night when news of his retirement made its way around the league. When the news broke, the Indianapolis Colts were in the process of playing a preseason game...and Luck was on the sidelines. And he didn't get a warm reception from the Colts fans.

The Colts fans booed Luck as he came off the field and was swarmed by media members and cameras. This came despite the fact that Luck kept the Colts relevant in the post-Peyton Manning years despite dealing with a plethora of injuries.

The reaction of the Colts fans didn't sit well with many. That included New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who took to Twitter to diss the Colts fans that chose to boo Luck.

And McCourty wasn't the only Patriots player to weigh in on the issue. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy and running back James White also expressed their disappointment in the reaction that Luck got.

These reactions from the Patriots seems fair. After all, Luck has long been the face of the franchise in Indianapolis. Giving him this kind of send-off just doesn't seem right, and many NFL players, including these three Patriots, called out the Indy fans for this.

Luck did little to deserve this reaction. He was still a solid franchise quarterback for the Colts and did a lot to keep them competitive in the post-Manning era. He simply took a catastrophic number of hits due to a poor offensive line and suffered a few injuries. In the wake of his latest malady and a four-year pain cycle. he decided to call it quits.

Now, with Luck retired, Jacoby Brissett will be the starter in Indianapolis. The former Patriots draft pick will get a chance to prove himself as a starter for the first time since 2017.

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NFL Rumors: Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers

NFL Rumors: Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, ending any chance the Patriots had to secure their division rival's young star. 

The Steelers will send their 2020 first round pick to the Dolphins for Fitzpatrick, giving Miami three first round picks and six total selections in the first three rounds of the upcoming draft.

Fitzpatrick, a versatile safety with experience playing both safety spots along with slot and outside corner, will help a Steelers secondary that was completely obliterated by the Patriots in Week 1. Ben Roethlisberger is out for the rest of the season, so it will be up to Mason Rudolph to lead the Steeler offense after their defense gets a major upgrade. 

This also takes a potential trade off the table for the Patriots. Our own Phil Perry outlined why it would have made a ton of sense for the Patriots to try and pry Fitzpatrick away from Miami, but it appears the Dolphins will deal their first round selection from 2018 to one of New England's rivals. 

Jalen Ramsey requested a trade from the Jaguars on Monday, so if the Patriots are willing to give up a first round pick for some help in the secondary, there's still an elite option out there. However, New England's corner group has been exceptional during the first two weeks of 2019. 

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New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

The New York Jets are playing the New England Patriots in Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season. And ahead of that game, it looks like they could be down their top two quarterbacks.

The Jets were already without their starting quarterback Sam Darnold as the second-year passer battles mono. But against the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, they may have lost their backup quarterback too.

In the second quarter of the game, Trevor Siemian was hurt after taking a hit from Myles Garrett. On the play, Siemian bent over backward awkwardly and appeared to injure his ankle in the process. While he was able to hobble off the field, he went to the locker room almost immediately. He was a woeful 3 of 6 for just 3 passing yards while being sacked twice before the injury knocked him out. 

If Siemian can't play in Week 3 against the Patriots, they will be still be licking their chops as they look at the resume of his backup. Siemian was replaced by third-string quarterback Luke Falk who has been on three different teams (Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Jets) since being a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He hadn't played an NFL snap before entering Monday night's game.

While the Patriots were likely looking forward to facing Siemian, they'll hardly complain if given a chance to face Falk in what could be his first NFL start. Their defense has been stellar to start the season, so they shouldn't have much of a problem containing a Falk-led Jets attack.

Perhaps they'll be able to build on their historic start to the season as they look to start the season 3-0 with two divisional victories.

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